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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Feb 18, 2011 8:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Complete Video of 1976 JGB Show Found....Almost

Are you sure that they're not accessible?

This is from the library's online inventory listing for the collection. Sounds like someone with the right tools just needs to ask the right way.

Access Restrictions
Patrons must sign the Acknowledgement of Legal Responsibility and Privacy Rights form before using this collection.

In off-site storage; 24 hours advance notice is required for use.

Use of this collection requires the creation of viewing copies from videotapes. However, University Archives does not have the equipment or the resources to make copies from U-Matic videocassettes or half-inch open reel video. To arrange for the creation of use copies from these formats, please contact University Archives staff. Although these recordings are now stored in a stable environment, their condition and playback quality is unknown.

EDIT: Okay, I read the rest of your posts now, and see that the machines needed to read the tapes are rare, and that the chances for success with those old formats is slim. Too bad. Hopefully it will get into their digitization queue soon.

This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2011-02-18 16:19:34

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Feb 18, 2011 12:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Complete Video of 1976 JGB Show Found....Almost

Yeah, if you read to the bottom, the prospects get worse...
From the librarian:
"Reformatting was researched in 2006. At that time we were quoted $517.00 to reformat, and there was no guarantee it would even work. Another tape of that type from the same period was digitized and yielded no usable material. The price now would be at least that much, if not more, and there still would be no guarantee, but rather a high likelihood of failure... This tape is high on the reformatting priority list, but there’s no telling when it will be digitized."

I was surprised nobody copied this video back in the '70s or '80s when it would have been much easier. Shows you something about the relative popularity of JGB shows vs. the Dead....